Adair County Elementary School hosted its Leaders in Health and Fitness Day for its students Friday. Faculty, staff, and more than 50 volunteers worked throughout the day to put on events for third, fourth, and fifth graders in order to teach them about different aspects about health, wellness, and nutrition.
“This is one of my absolute favorite days of the year,” Principal Steve Burton says. “All of our students are participating in health and fitness activities all day long. We’ve got over 50 volunteers here and anytime that many people come together for our kids, it’s a great time for all.”
Burton credits physical education teacher Ryan McQueary, music teacher Paula Bault, and Family Resource Center coordinator Debbie Cowan for making the leadership day a reality. “They deserve all the credit for this great day,” Burton says. “This is a school initiative to get the community and parents more involved, and also to get our kids healthier.”
All day long, students moved around to different stations, some focused on physical activity, and others more education-oriented, in 30-minute intervals. Students’ activity was tracked, with a goal for the student body to walk a combined 550 miles by the end of the day. While the latest figures have yet to be calculated, the students were well on their way by 9 a.m. Friday morning, already surpassing 195 miles.
Bault says plans for the day began almost a year ago. “We started working on this to pique students’ interest in exercise and nutrition,” Bault says. “Some kids don’t normally get out and do these things, so we’ve got something for everyone today: yoga, stress management, dancing, healthy snacks, strength training, and a lot more.”
The atmosphere inside ACES Friday was nothing short of ecstatic, as Bault notes. “Kids love it,” she says. “Just look at the smiles on all the faces.”